When you hear the word augmented reality, the first thing that comes to your mind is AR gaming. The application of augmented reality is not just limited to gaming. Its ability to turn the surrounding into an interactive virtual world can augment the experience and performance of any task. Manufacturing industry, in particular, is blessed by such advances in technology, as it increases the process efficiency and helps cut down on production downtime. So what are the benefits of using AR technology in the manufacturing industry?
Increase speed of work
It usually takes a lot of time for people to learn assembly and manufacturing skills. This is particularly true in the case of fighter jet engineers who go through years of training to assemble an aircraft. AR technology can hasten the process as it can overlay images in the real world using sensors and cameras. Such information helps engineers to see renderings of bolts, part numbers, and cables with specific instructions on assembling a specific component.
Whenever a problem arises on the shop floor, every team requires real-time access to solve the problem at hand. However, it cannot be possible for all teams to access the problem due to their location. Manufacturing operations employees can directly show all the issues at hand and explain it to the maintenance teams and engineers with the help of AR. Additionally, they can also keep track of the progress of diagnostics processes remotely.
Easy data access
Apart from projecting vital information within a user’s field of view, AR technology also allows service engineers and manufacturers to access data regarding the product or the manufacturing process easily. This includes information on the object’s location in the inventory, lead times to procure them, and their detailed specifications. Also, it is entirely possible to scan QR codes to view live videos, graphics, and images that can assist the engineers in the manufacturing process.
Decreased maintenance time
Augmented reality can project graphics and video in such details that the users would be able to carry out maintenance tasks just by following the instructions. The automotive company Bosch has collaborated with AR firm Reflekt to develop common augmented reality platform (CAP) that can help users with maintenance.
Reduction of production downtime
Production downtime can cause thousands of dollars in losses and incur an opportunity cost in a manufacturing firm. Augmented reality can help maintenance teams and engineers to identify the flaws and prevent downtime from occurring quickly. Teams in the manufacturing setup can use mobile apps to identify the problem on the shop floor and resolve it immediately.
AR is one of the most preferred tools when it comes to training and simulation. VR is already extensively used for simulation training for aircraft pilots, military operations, and advanced surgeries. AR can be used in training to facilitate the learning process.
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